• Communication, Awareness, Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team

    The Communication, Awareness, Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team exists to provide a route of communication, assessment, and intervention for behaviors exhibited by members of the College community which if left unaddressed, could impact the teaching-learning environment. This cross-functional team utilizes a threat-assessment tool provided by the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NABITA) to help determine appropriate courses of action when confronted with reports of such behaviors.


    Mission

    The mission of the CARE Team is to enhance the physical and emotional safety of students, faculty, staff, and others in order to support the teaching-learning environment.

    Goals

    The CARE Team supports these efforts by

    • Providing designated referral points to where behaviors of concern can be referred.
    • Collecting input from multiple sources, providing more comprehensive data for analysis.
    • Assessing potential disruption, threats, and violence utilizing a specific, objective process for evaluation and intervention.
    • Minimizing or eliminating disruption to the teaching–learning process, the community and college operations through early intervention and support.


    Fulfilling our mission and meeting our goals require the engagement and active participation from all members of the College community. You are vital to our success and critical to the assurance of a safe and vibrant learning environment.

  • The Communication, Awareness, Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team utilizes a protocol to ensure that critical student behavior or mental health issues or incidents are addressed appropriately. When a referral is submitted through the CARE online form, team members receive the report through campus email. For reports that require immediate intervention, the CARE team convenes immediately to assess the situation and develop an appropriate response. Otherwise, the team evaluates non-emergency reports during weekly meetings to develop the appropriate response to each person of concern. In some situations, the CARE team will communicate regarding steps to gain additional information to better assess certain situations.

    Once a referral is made, and depending on the situation, immediate action may be taken:

    • The CARE team will meet and discuss the incident.
    • Additional information from the reporter and other people may be collected.
    • The NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool is utilized.
    • Appropriate intervention is determined and action/additional action is taken.
    • Feedback is provided (when appropriate and in keeping with federal and state laws).

     

    The CARE team needs everyone in the Edison State family to feel empowered enough to make referrals. You are the eyes and ears of Edison State on a daily basis. Our team cannot be everywhere at once and your contribution is vital if we are to be a pro-active, effective CARE team that truly enhances the physical and emotional safety of our college community.

    How do I make a referral to the CARE team?

    • Via the CARE Team Referral Form
    • By phone to any member of the CARE team
    • Personal contact with any team member
    • Campus Email

    What behaviors should I refer to the CARE team?

    • Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of students, faculty, or staff.
    • Violation of personal space.
    • Implication or direct threat of harm to themselves or others.
    • The display of what is perceived as a weapon.
    • Physical or verbal confrontation and/or attack.
    • Stalking or harassment of a faculty member or student.
    • Delusional thinking, hallucinations, or psychotic behavior.
    • Threatening, aggressive, or hostile verbalizations or correspondence (email, letters, voicemail, etc.).
    • Clearly noticeable changes in behavior, demeanor, dress, or personality from what was noted previously as typical for that individual.
    • Any behavior of concern that doesn't fit into the categories above.

    What information should I include in the referral?

    If using the web form, just let the fields guide you. Otherwise, to the extent possible, please try to provide the following information based on the five W's:

    • Who was involved? Multiple persons? Witnesses?
    • What happened? Details of observation?
    • When did the event occur? Date/Time?
    • Where did the event take place?
    • Why did the event occur?

    What happens after I make a referral to the CARE team?

    • Depending upon the situation, immediate action may be taken.
    • The CARE team will meet and discuss the incident.
    • Additional information from the reporter and other people may be collected.
    • The NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool is utilized.
    • Appropriate intervention is determined and action/additional action is taken.
    • Feedback is provided.

    Will I receive feedback after making a referral to the CARE team?

    Select information will be provided to the reporter depending upon the situation, confidentiality, FERPA, and other legal considerations.

    Need to make a referral? Complete the online form and our CARE team will be in touch with you shortly.

    CARE Team Referral Form